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Pylon (US)

Pylon was a post-punk/new wave band which formed in Athens, Georgia, United States in 1978. For most of the band’s career, they consisted of Vanessa Briscoe Hay (vocals), Randall Bewley (guitar), Michael Lachowski (bass) and Curtis Crowe (drums). The group released three albums, Gyrate (1980), Chomp (1983) and Chain (1990).

All four members of Pylon were art students at the University of Georgia in Athens. Guitarist Randall Bewley and bass guitarist Michael Lachowski began playing music and attempting to form a band in 1978. They practiced in a studio i ...read more

Pylon was a post-punk/new wave band which formed in Athens, Georgia, United States in 1978. For most of the band’s career, they consisted of Vanessa Briscoe Hay (vocals), Randall Bewley (guitar), Michael Lachowski (bass) and Curtis Crowe (drums). The group released three albums, Gyrate (1980), Chomp (1983) and Chain (1990).

All four members of Pylon were art students at the University of Georgia in Athens. Guitarist Randall Bewley and bass guitarist Michael Lachowski began playing music and attempting to form a band in 1978. They practiced in a studio in downtown Athens which Lachowski rented from Curtis Crowe, upstairs from the current location of the Grill on College Avenue. The room was lit by a single 40-watt light bulb, so the band referred to it as the “40 Watt Club.” Crowe soon joined the band as a drummer. On February 14, 1979, the three held auditions for a singer. Vanessa Briscoe (now Vanessa Briscoe Hay) was chosen. The group was named for a novel by William Faulkner.

Pylon played their first live show at a party on March 9, 1979. Members of The B-52’s attended Pylon’s third show. Fred Schneider and Kate Pierson of the B-52’s were particularly supportive and helped promote Pylon’s music in New York City, getting them a gig at Hurrah. Soon Pylon opened for Gang of Four in New York. Pylon’s debut single, “Cool,” appeared on DB Records in early 1980, and received many positive critical reviews. « hide

Similar Bands: Gang of Four, The B-52s, Suburban Lawns, Martha and the Muffins, The Au Pairs

Chain
1990

3
2 Votes
Chomp
1983

3.6
9 Votes
Gyrate
1980

3.8
16 Votes

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